HOPPIN' DOWN THE BUNNY TRAIL1 of 12
This year, Easter falls on April Fool's Day, and rather than observe this rare confluence of two seemingly at-odds holidays with a prank, we decided to celebrate by digging into one of the weirdest trends in superhero comics: the superhero bunny.
The idea of the superhero bunny goes all the way back to the Golden Age of comics, when "funny animals" were a much bigger deal.
We're not aiming to be encyclopedic with this list, but we'd like to invite you on our egg hunt as we countdown the wild and wooly super-bunnies of comic books.
SUPER RABBIT2 of 12
Super Rabbit is a Golden Age "funny animal" superhero from Timely Comics whose secret identity is "Waffles."
Super Rabbit also unironically wears a really cool t-shirt with his name on it.
Super Rabbit looks like the comic books you'd get if your parents thought Superman was too violent.
"Oh, I don't know if you can have this Superman comic, Billy. There's a bald man with a laser gun on the cover! Have this Super Rabbit comic instead!"
Thanks for whatever, mom.
THE EASTER BUNNY3 of 12
Yeah, the literal Easter Bunny.
This grim stack of pancakes hired the Main Man to frag Santa Claus in Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special, a thrilling romp that definitely did not scar any readers' psyches in the holiday season of 1991.
Murder, elves, clones, more murder, a werewolf space biker slaughtering the symbol of childhood joy - it's a must read.
THUNDERBUNNY4 of 12
If you've never heard of Thunderbunny, well, we're sorry that time is now over for you.
Thunderbunny is somehow not the only superhero who is a bunny-themed version of Shazam (more on the official version later) but this knock-off version holds the distinction of somehow being the weirdest character on this list by having an actual human alter ego.
That's right. Thunder Bunny - who debuted at Charlton in the early 80s before briefly joining Archie's Red Circle universe and finally bouncing around various smaller publishers for a run totaling only 12 issues - was a human boy named Bobby Caswell who bonds with an alien artifact that turns him into a giant super-powered pink rabbit.
Talk about a real monkey's paw situation... Would you take super powers (and a bad codename) if it meant turning into an anthropomorphized version of Ralphie's pajamas from A Christmas Story
SUPER-WABBIT5 of 12
Super-Wabbit (or Super-Rabbit) debuted in 1943, the same year as Timely's Super Rabbit.
Super-Wabbit would be higher on the list cause let's be honest, Bugs Bunny is a pretty cool guy - but what's not cool is refusing to recognize the responsibility brought on by Super-Wabbit's level of power.
Think of all the good Super-Wabbit could do if he would just think of all the people he could help if he committed to being a hero full time.
JAXXON6 of 12
Jaxxon is everybody's favorite super exciting green space rabbit in a red jumpsuit who has nothing to do with Bucky O'Hare (more on that later).
Jaxxon teamed up with Han Solo for 15 issues of 70s Star Wars comic books before finally hopping into obscurity. He was recently revived by Marvel Comics for some variant covers, but he hasn't made his way to film ... yet (paging: Rian Johnson and J.J. Abrams).
BUCKY O'HARE7 of 12
Bucky O'Hare is a super exciting green space rabbit in a red jumpsuit who has absolutely nothing in common with Jaxxon.
Created by the unimaginably kick-ass creative team of Larry Hama and Micheal Golden, Bucky O'Hare leads his ragtag crew of funny animal space swashbucklers to go where no ordinary rabbit would dare and fight the villainous Toadies.
Fans of a certain age will remember Bucky O'Hare as a classic NES game and cartoon with a very catchy theme song that spun out of the comic book.
HOPPY THE MARVEL BUNNY8 of 12
Back when he was still called "Captain Marvel," Shazam had a whole menagerie of weirdos who shared his power.
Everybody fondly remembers Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., and maybe even Uncle Dudley - but we've gotta draw the line somewhere.
Weirdly, unlike Talky Tawny, Hoppy wasn't really part of the "Marvel Family," he was the star of Fawcett's Funny Animal Comics, in which he was the bunny Captain Marvel of an alternate reality called "Funny Animalville."
We can't wait for this one to show up in 2032's "Multiversity 7."
THE QUIK BUNNY9 of 12
The Quik Bunny's career as a superhero is short, lasting only one special promotional comic book, but considering lil homie teamed up with Superman from the jump, we're willing to grant him icon status.
To be fair, they only had to fight the Weather Wizard, and Superman did most of the work, but Quik Bunny was there to make sure Supes had the cool, creamy taste of delicious Nestle Quik awaiting him after a job well done - and doesn't that make him the real hero?
USAGI YOJIMBO10 of 12
For some fans, Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo will always be tied to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - rabbit samurai Miyamoto Usagi crossed over with the four fightin' brothers as early as the 80s, and even got a figure in their iconic toyline.
But Usagi is more than just a funny animal - Sakai's been publishing his adventures for over 30 years now, with no sign of slowing down.
Usagi Yojimbo is proof not just of what funny animal comics are capable of, but the ways the comic book medium can be used to explore the past and reframe history in a new light.
CAPTAIN CARROT11 of 12
Captain Carrot is the greatest hero of DC's Earth-C, a world where he leads a whole team of funny animal heroes known as the "Zoo Crew" and many people take him very seriously.
As unlikely as it may seem, Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew remain fan favorites, and are looked upon with even more reverence than some of its contemporary super-animal parodies like Peter Poker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham.
He even popped up in Grant Morrison's Multiversity and got a slight reboot in the "New 52."
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